Domestic abuse takes a variety of forms, and impacts people from all backgrounds. It may involve threats and harassment, emotional abuse, or physical violence with the potential to endanger the victim’s life.
If you are in this type of situation, it is important to know that you are not alone. Help is available through the Okwuosa Pulliam Law Group. We offer the compassionate, professional legal representation you need to protect yourself and those you love through protective orders issued by the court.
California Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence is listed as a crime in California and includes physical acts, such as hitting, slapping, punching, or choking, as well as behavior meant to threaten and intimidate the victim, such as name calling, destroying property, or harassing them at work or school. The Domestic Violence Act applies to family and household members, which may include the following:
- Blood relatives, such as parents and children;
- Married or formerly married couples;
- Unmarried couples who have had a child together;
- Those living together and residing in the same home;
- Dating couples, or those who used to date.
In addition, the law also covers people with disabilities and those who assist them, including home health care aides and personal assistants.
California Protective Orders
For victims of domestic violence, an Order of Protection may offer the help they need to stop the abuse. These orders can offer a variety of protections depending on the circumstances involved, which often include the following:
- Prohibits abuser from making threats or committing acts of violence;
- Bars them from your home, job, or school;
- Prevents them from being around you or your children if under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Provides you with temporary custody and support for minor children;
- Compels the abuser to enter counseling or treatment programs;
- Requires any guns or weapons be turned over to law enforcement.
In the event the abuser violates the protective order, they can be subject to serious penalties. A first violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in prison, while a second violation is a felony, resulting in increased jail time and a permanent criminal record.
We Can Assist You Today
If you or someone you care about is the victim of domestic violence, contact us right away. You need a strong, experienced advocate working on your behalf, guiding you through the steps you need to take to help protect your physical safety as well as your legal rights.